Where They Lie (Hardback)
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Where They Lie (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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As evocative as it is page-turning, Where They Lie follows a female reporter unexpectedly stumbling on a story that takes her on a turbulent, harrowing journey into the dark underbelly of 1940s Dublin.

Some stories demand to be told. They keep coming back, echoing down through the decades, until they find a teller . . .

Dublin, 1943.

Actress Julia Bridges disappears. The last sighting of her is entering the house of Gloria Fitzpatrick, who is later put on trial for the murder of another woman whose abortion she facilitated. But it’s never proved that Gloria had a hand in Julia’s death – and Julia’s body has never been found. Gloria, however, is sentenced to life in an institution for the criminally insane, until her apparent suicide a few years later, and the truth of what happened to Julia Bridges dies with her.

Dublin, 1968.

Nicoletta Sarto is an ambitious junior reporter for the Irish Sentinel when the bones of Julia Bridges are discovered in the garden of a house on the outskirts of Dublin. Drawn into investigating the 25-year-old mystery of Julia’s disappearance and her link to the notorious Gloria Fitzpatrick, the story takes Nicoletta into the tangled underworld of the illegal abortion industry, stirring up long-buried secrets from her own past.

As much a murder mystery story as a look at a young woman’s struggle to succeed in a man’s world, Where They Lie is a beautifully atmospheric debut that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781398521704
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise for Where They Lie: ‘Deliciously evocative and atmospheric . . . a shocking story, stylishly told’ IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 'The mysteries surrounding Nicoletta intertwine grippingly with the mysteries within her, but what makes Where They Lie special is its keen awareness of Dublin's layers of light and shadow. Coughlan digs deeply into the dark side, Ireland's horrifying record around women and childbearing – but at the same time the book brings to life, in fine, tender, vivid detail, the rich atmosphere of 1960s Dublin' TANA FRENCH    'Beautifully written, utterly absorbing. It’s hard to believe Coughlan wasn’t right there in 1960s Dublin observing the world she describes in such word-perfect detail. A stunning debut' ANDREA MARA   'A thrillingly dark and atmospheric tale, richly evocative of its time, especially for those of us old enough to remember 1968' JOHN BANVILLE   ‘Where They Lie, beautifully crafted in its historical detail, is a labyrinthine tale that takes us on a meandering quest from the mean streets of Dublin’s inner city out to its leafiest suburbs . . .’ IRISH TIMES 'Gripping and brilliantly atmospheric, and Nicoletta Sarto, the novel's protagonist – the way she talks, the way she thinks – is a great invention' RODDY DOYLE   'Atmospheric and absorbing, an ambitious young journalist finds herself at the heart of a corkscrew tale she never knew existed. A dark and turbulent journey to unexpected truths’ VAL McDERMID ‘A dark, gorgeously written thriller, its tap root deep in a past so vividly evoked, you can see and smell and feel it’ NICCI FRENCH   ‘Atmospheric, authentic, and almost unbearably poignant. Like the best historical fiction, Where They Lie transports the reader back in time while holding up a mirror to the present. A must-read’ ERIN KELLY    ‘Dark and atmospheric’ PRIMA   ‘A beautifully atmospheric and evocative murder mystery with some serious issues at its heart’ BEST   'This is a stunning debut. Original characters, complex issues, excellent twists. Claire Coughlan is an author to watch' JO SPAIN   'A wintry Dublin sets the scene for this complex, haunting mystery. Coughlan writes with such confidence and heart as she draws us into both journalist Nicoletta Sarto’s world, and the women who came before her.  Packed with suspects, intrigue, and deep emotional truths' CAZ FREAR   ‘Gripping and deeply atmospheric, you can hear the click of the typewriter keys in the Irish Sentinel office as this tense and evocative debut unfurls. Coughlan's brilliantly crafted characters bring you straight to 1968, to a dark and unexpected mystery where every woman's struggle for identity resonates. Beautifully written and perfectly paced, Coughlan is a true talent to watch. I loved Nicoletta Sarto, more please!’ SAM BLAKE 'Lost myself completely in this cracking debut. Rich, complex, and beautifully written. Just gorgeous!' ANDREA CARTER   'Steeped in atmosphere, time and place, and as emotional as it is gripping, this is a blistering debut' TAMMY COHEN    ‘A beautiful, haunting debut – totally absorbing from first page to last’ PHOEBE LOCKE   ‘Journalist Claire Coughlan tackles one of the many distressing aspects of Ireland’s past in this novel . . . This involving story shows the importance of the rights women have won in the past half-century and the need to ensure they are not compromised now’ LITERARY REVIEW ‘An ambitious crime yarn . . . goes underneath the genre’s skin to expose the cruelty of illegitimacy for women in Irish history and has a strong female character at its helm’ RTÉ GUIDE   ‘A cracking debut’ BELFAST TELEGRAPH   ‘A deeply absorbing mystery’ CRIME MONTHLY   ‘ [A] vivid sense of the cut and thrust world behind the front page headlines, and the many characters that inhabit it. It’s all a far cry from the clickbait of today’s 24-hour news sites and much more  exciting as a consequence . . . a strong debut’ CRIME FICTION LOVER   ‘Debut author Coughlan effortlessly plants clues that pay off in gasp-worthy twists . . . Recommended for readers of dark, historical crime fiction’ BOOKLIST  

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“A Whirlwind of a Mystery and a Stunning Debut!”

Claire Coughlan presents a powerful debut which like a whirlwind throws its reader into a non stop tale full of twists and shocks aplenty and leaving you wonder just where this memorizing thriller will take you next.... More

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“Good Debut - Will certainly read her next!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, I was delighted to receive this as I will confess I had fell in love with the cover a little while ago...
This is a good debut, which I think will appeal to... More

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“Great book by a debut author”

When I got this book I didn't realise it had been written by a debut author as it reads like it was written by a seasoned veteran.

The book is mainly set in 1968 and follows a woman called Nicoletta Sarto who... More

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